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John Lester Hawkins

12/04/1940 - 09/27/2018

Obituary for John Lester Hawkins

John Lester Hawkins, a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, and friend, went to be with his Lord on Thursday, September 27, 2018 after passing at his home at the age of 77. John’s calling was preaching God’s word. He was founder and owner of Midsouth Church Furnishings, serving over 4,000 churches nationally and internationally. Many of his customers knew him as “The Pew Man.” After basic training, he graduated with a master’s degree from Bob Jones University in New Testament Greek, and also a graduate of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He also served as a Bible teacher and counselor. He was a published author, poet, and songwriter. John was a talented trumpet player. As a pastor, he was responsible for building two churches that could seat over 1,000 people. John is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Mary Pridgen Hawkins; children, Michael Lane Hawkins and wife, Joanie, and Mary Lisa Hawkins; grandchildren, Christopher, Timothy, Hannah, Blane, Sarah, and Kendall; his twin sister, Esther Hawkins Harvey; his loyal dog, Toby; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, D.C. and Gladys Hawkins; and brother, Carl Hawkins. Visitation will be held at Greenwell Springs Baptist Church on Tuesday, October 2, 2018 from 10 a.m. until his Celebration of Life at 12 p.m. Burial will follow at Greenwell Springs Baptist Church.

Services

2
Oct

Visitation

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Greenwell Springs Baptist Church
19421 Greenwell Springs Rd.
Greenwell Springs, LA 70739
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2
Oct

Celebration of Life

12:00 PM
Greenwell Springs Baptist Church
19421 Greenwell Springs Rd.
Greenwell Springs, LA 70739
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So sorry that you have reached this point of life. I was one of the young people, along with my sister Letha, that got to know and love you during your time of ministry to Calvary Church in Pricedale, MS. May God meet your every need during this time.
- David Busby

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